Thursday, August 12, 2010

T Minus 2 days -actually less than that

I'm in the middle of preparations to move and the time is rushing away from me.  The actual packing isn't that difficult, its trying to get chores done here before I leave that's consuming most of my time (yard work, garden, etc.) I don't want to leave my wife stuck with managing it all, so I'm trying to get as much done ahead of time as possible - that started with the painting and repairs a few weeks ago.

The house that I'll be renting comes furnished with the necessary furniture, so all I need to take are the "finishing touches."  Clothes, bedding dishes, lamps, silverware, pots and pans, coffee maker, TV etc, etc, etc.  Which simplifies things and means that I won't have to arrange for a moving van. However, even without having to pack furniture, my lists (I make lists of for everything; I've reached the age where I can't manage without them - plus I'm slightly anal about this kind of thing) cover at least four pages, and the resulting pile, as I gather things together, is becoming daunting.

Fortunately, thanks to our three adult children, who each have moved out, moved back and moved out again, acquiring furniture and possessions along the way (the excess of which has been stored in our basement against future need) I'm able to gather the necessary contents for a two bedroom house without unduly un-furnishing our home.  And had I needed to actually furnish the house, that could have been done as well, without putting too much of a dent in what we have stored.

Has anyone watched the show "Hoarders?"  I only ask, because, it frightens me at times how much "stuff" we have accumulated.  Let me be clear - our house DOES NOT look like ANY of the houses featured on that show!  Not even close!  But when you can remove the contents of a two bedroom house from your home without seriously depleting the furnishings.... well... it says something.


  1. For someone who isn't a hoarder, it sounds like you have a lot of "stuff." My wife has been accusing me of turning into one...I hope not!
    Keep us posted Neil...

  2. I hope not, either, Pat. For myself, I mean. I think there's a fine line. I find it hard to throw out stuff that might be "useful", but I go through and purge once in a while - voluntarily, so I don't THINK I've crossed it yet...

  3. When I was teaching in Baffin Island it was a challenge to put everything I needed into one trunk and I loved that challenge. I tend to move and pack light anyways. I don't mind an air bed on the floor. Hope you will keep us all up to date on this adventure. I know you mentioned it but what will you be teaching? What are you most comfortable with teaching?

  4. After 12 yrs in our marital home, I found it nigh on imposssible to pack up all the crap we had to move away to this little isle. We did have (nose-bleedinly expensive) movers, to help us. Eight years down the line, I still have unpacked boxes. Good luck hon, I wish you well..

  5. Oh Dear, I think I'm a bit of a hoarder, and the thought of having to pack up and move everything in this house would make me have nightmares.
    I see this blog was dated 12th as I've been away on holiday you've probably finished the move?... Hope everything went like clockwork... Look forward to your update.x